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02/05/16: EDITORIAL: Be realistic on minimum-wage hike (from myCentralJersey.com) - The $15 minimum wage bandwagon is now rolling through the Garden State, as Assembly Democratic leaders John Wisniewski and Speaker Vincent Prieto have formally proposed an increase to the $15-an-hour level in New Jersey. That would nearly double the current minimum wage of $8.38.

02/01/16: In Christie's absence, N.J. lawmakers tackle poverty (from NJ.com) - Leaders from both parties have blown the cap off our state's business incentives program in a mad effort to show they're doing something — anything! — to create jobs.

01/30/16: New anti-poverty agenda has an uncertain price tag (from the New Jersey Herald) - New Jersey Democratic lawmakers have embarked on an ambitious agenda to fight poverty, but the price tag to taxpayers is uncertain.

01/30/16: Trenton's anti-poverty agenda has uncertain price tag (from the Press of Atlantic City) - New Jersey Democratic lawmakers have embarked on an ambitious agenda to fight poverty, but the price tag to taxpayers is uncertain.

01/28/16: N.J. should be 'embarrassed' by high poverty rate, Assembly speaker says (from NJ.com) - Providing pre-school for all children. Raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing a few paid sick days a year. Eliminating "the bureaucratic mess" that prevents low-income people from accessing the assistance programs created for them.

01/28/16: Why is New Jersey's Poverty Rate So High? (from WNYC) - Insufficient funding or poor management of state programs in seemingly disparate areas -- including welfare, job training, aid for the disabled, food stamps, child care, affordable housing, and mass transit -- has allowed high levels of poverty to persist in New Jersey and stymied families’ efforts improve their lives, legislators and advocates said yesterday.

01/21/16: Assembly Speaker Launches New Initiative as NJ Poverty Rate Climbs to Record High (from NJ Spotlight) - Prieto’s announcement applauded by advocates of poor, but some Republicans assert reducing property taxes on middle class is also important.

01/20/16: NJ Assembly speaker announces anti-poverty initiative (from the Burlington County Times) - Calling the numbers of New Jersey residents living in poverty "embarrassing," Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced Wednesday that four legislative committees will meet next week to try to devise ways for the state to tackle the issue.

01/20/16: Assembly Speaker to push fight against record-high poverty in N.J. (from NJ.com) - Alarmed by a report that found more New Jersey residents are living in poverty now than over the last 50 years, state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said he would hold hearings next week to identify new ways lawmakers could address the problem.

01/20/16: Assembly Speaker: NJ’s poverty rate is embarrassing (from New Jersey 101.5) - Poverty is still a very real problem in the Garden State, according to Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto.

01/20/16: A Camden native inspired to help migrant workers (from Philly.com) - When Iveliz Crespo was a child growing up in East Camden, many of her neighbors were undocumented immigrants who faced discrimination.